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The Misanthrope

Molière

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Which man does NOT court Célimène?

According to Alceste, who is a lousy poet?

To what does Célimène attribute Arsinoé's disagreeable qualities?

What does Alceste do in response to Oronte's sonnet?

Who is Alceste's adversary before the Marshals of France?

What does Célimène do when Alceste and Oronte ask her to choose between them?

Who arrives to inform Alceste that he might be arrested?

What does Alceste vow to do when he learns he has lost his court case?

With whom does Philinte begin a romance at the end of the play?

Who first informs Alceste that Célimène is deceiving him?

Which of the following does Acaste NOT credit for his cheerfulness?

How does Alceste propose to avenge himself against Célimène when he learns of her infidelity?

Who is Célimène's cousin?

What is offered as proof of Célimène's deception?

In what way could Arsinoé "pull some strings" for Alceste?

Which of the following does Arsinoé cite as one of Célimène's faults?

What compromise does Célimène ultimately offer Alceste?

In the end, why do all suitors but Alceste abandon Célimène?

According to Du Bois, if Alceste does not leave, what might happen?

Who does Alceste scold for praising Oronte's poem?

Which of the following pairs strikes a deal to increase the chances that one of them will gain Célimène's favor?

Who is the misanthrope of the play's title?

Where does the play take place?

Who supports Alceste's plan to flee society?

Why does Alceste refuse to challenge the verdict against him?

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